In conjunction with the University of Illinois-Chicago's Social Justice Initiative, the NPHM hosted economic activist Kali Akuno from Jackson, Mississippi to talk to residents and allies about cooperative businesses.
The focus of the talk was to begin our work for establishing an Entrepreneurship Hub, comprised of the Social Justice Business School, Office Hours, and the cooperatively run Museum store that will be run by residents. The conversation, co-hosted by Teresa Prim, centered around the history of Jackson's project and other cooperatives, as well as the power of solidarity economies that bolster horizontal power structures that enrich the lives of those involved.
The Museum is currently planning our next steps for the Hub. We are hosting a lunch discussion on May 4th, from noon to 1:30 with public housing residents and allies to begin imagining how the co-op will best serve the community.